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Old 11-25-2012, 09:45 PM   #1
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Default Northern Brewer Fixed Gear - Didn't Finish?

I brewed the NB Fixed Gear extract kit and followed the directions properly. I have been brewing for a few years, so I am sure I had the proper cleanliness and steps followed in order. I kegged it after 6 weeks to my 35 degree keezer. Its been in there for about a month and it just seems that all the hops didn't smooth out quite yet. (very bitter!)

So, my question is, would it help to remove from the keezer for a few weeks to "finish"? Or at this point, is it at it's final taste? It turned out much more bitter than I was expecting. (I have tasted the real Fixed Gear and it is hoppy, but smooth)

Thanks for any insight!

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Old 11-26-2012, 03:35 AM   #2
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Did you do a full boil or partial? Most of the NB kits call for 2.5 gal of water before boil but if you're doing it with 6 gal and boiling down to 5 you would have gotten a lot more hop utilization due to larger volume and less concentrated wort.

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Old 11-26-2012, 05:05 PM   #3
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Partial boil per the instructions

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Old 11-28-2012, 01:21 PM   #4
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Sounds odd. Have you reached out to NB for advice? Their customer support is awesome and almost all the people I'm spoken with have brewed every kit. I like to use the online chat option-great way to keep a record of what they tell you.

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Old 11-28-2012, 01:23 PM   #5
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Taking it out of the fridge will let it age faster which will reduce the bitterness sooner.

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Ok, thanks...I will take it out of the fridge

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